In the recent times, experts based on studies have commented that consuming food fried in oil could kill you soon as they increase the cholesterol level in your blood. However, not too many people have considered this and switched from consuming oil-fried food.
To be frank, I seriously do not think that I could easily start avoiding food fried in oil. Yes, how could we simply say bye to food fried in oil? It is not as simple as that. It was in the late 2010 Philips introduced a revolutionary device the “air fryer” that could replace frying food in cooking oil.
It is not clear if there was an air fryer on the market before Philips actually introduced and marketed the product. However, until the year 2015 the sales of the product was not that convincing, but, today, reports indicate that it is one of the most-wanted kitchen appliances in the North America and Asia-Pacific regions. In this article, we will discuss everything in detail about air fryers in India.
What is an air fryer?
To make things simple for you, an air fryer could be simply defined as a kitchen appliance that could fry any food materials without using oil.
How does an air fryer work?
An air fryer is a small unit, which consists of a heating element and a fan. As the air fryer is switched on, the temperature of the heating element increases and the fan placed at the bottom of the air fryer blows air, which, in turn, carries the heat throughout the interior of the air fryer. This hot air fries the food materials kept inside the air fryer. The same air fryer does have an air inlet at the top and an exhaust below to exhale the hot air.
Now, you know what exactly an air fryer is, however, just with this knowledge it would be a challenging task to get yourselves an air fryer. There are more than a thousand air fryer models from numerous brands on the market today. Not all of them could be, as efficient as, it should be. To help you, here is a list of factors we have prepared that you could consider selecting the best air fryer on the market today.
When it comes to purchasing an air fryer, it is very dependent on the brand. Not all air fryers come with the same features and quality; there are brands that make sure that their product quality is consistently high. Brands like Philips, Kenstar, Pigeon, Havells, and Bajaj are few of the top brands in India marketing the air fryer products.
Apart from just considering the brand, before purchasing the product you should also check the customer reviews of the product. Always remember that it is where the truth is, so do not neglect the customer reviews under any circumstances.
As mentioned above, air fryers come from different brands. Most of the top brands market their products at a price comparatively higher than generic brands. As we all know, people do consider the price of the product more than any other features in India. However, while purchasing an air fryer, do not follow the trend. Purchase a product based on the brand and the customer reviews. The price could be slightly higher than the generic brand products, but the quality and warranty offered could be unmatched.
The size here refers to the capacity of the air fryer or simply refers to the quantity of food materials the air fryer could fry in one go. Air fryers come in a different capacity; they could be smaller or could be large. According to my knowledge, an average capacity of the air fryers available on the Indian market ranges from 2 to 4-Liters.
It is always better to purchase an air fryer with a medium capacity. I will explain the reason in the section “Ease of cleaning”. So, before purchasing an air fryer, have an idea of how much food you need to cook in your device and then select the size of the product accordingly.
An air fryer works using the heat produced by the heating element incorporated into it. This could be a heating coil, which produces the heat and the blower or a fan transfer into the interior of the air fryer. Not every food that needs to be fried requires the same temperature. There are food materials that demand different temperature for frying. Therefore, it is very important that you purchase an air fryer with variable temperature settings.
5. Power consumption
An ideal air fryer could come with wattage of 1500 Watts and not more than that. This does not mean that a product that comes with wattage greater than this value is not suitable for use. According to calculation, using a 1500-watt air fryer for an hour would cost you one unit current and experts comment that 1-hour use of air fryer is enough to complete all the household frying works. If you are a person who is concerned about the monthly electricity bill, then, consider buying a product with wattage almost equal to 1500 or below.
6. Safety features
Safety feature in an air fryer should include features like insulated handles, automatic shut-off, non-slip legs, and an insulated body. There are cases where customers have reviewed that the product to burn their hands because the exterior of the product and the handles were not properly insulated. Therefore, before purchasing the product make sure that the product has an insulated exterior, automatic shut-off to prevent the food from overcooking, and non-slip legs to avoid the product from slipping off.
7. Ease of cleaning
An air fryer heats the food material to a very high temperature at a very less time, food material like fish and meat when heated to high temperature could leave residues like ghee, skin etc. These residues fall into the air fryer, so, it is very important that you remove these residues. Therefore, you should consider purchasing an air fryer of medium size and above, as they are easy to clean.
Considering the factors mentioned above, here is the list of best air fryers available on the Indian market right now.
1. Big Boss Oil-Less Air Fryer, 16 Quart, 1300 watt, Silver
This air fryer is one of the kinds that used halogen convection and infrared heat to fry the food materials loaded into it. The product could easily deep frost and fry the food material within less time, one of the notable things is that it does not demand any thawing time to do so. This air fryer comes with 2 trays that enable the user to cook two types of food materials at the same time. The product consumes only 1300-watts power.
2. GoWISE USA 2.75-Quart Digital Air Fryer, GW22633
This air fryer comes with a digital screen that offers the user the option to set the cooking time and the temperature according to the food you load. This product has an elegant look and could be an attractive addition to your kitchen looks. One of the notable things about this product is that it is compact in size but has a capacity of 2.75 quart. The manufacturer has also incorporated timer indicators and alarms to alert the user on the status of cooking.
3. Philips Viva Collection HD9220 Air Fryer with Rapid Air Technology (Black)
This air fryer from the brand Philips comes with a wattage rating of 1425 and has a capacity of 2.2-Liters. The product could be used for frying, grilling, roasting, and baking purposes. This product comes with the features like temperature control and timer settings to ensure appropriate cooking based on the food materials loaded into it. One of the notable things about this product is that it is designed in such a way that cleaning and assembling is easy.
4. Black/Stainless Steel : BLACK+DECKER HF110SBD 2-Liter Oil Free Air Fryer, Black / Stainless Steel
This air fryer comes with a dual convection fan that delivers powerful and efficient frying. The whole product has a 2-Liter capacity and comes with a non-stick cooking surface. This product has a visible temperature controls and indicators lights. One of the notable things about this product is that it is easy to clean and the circulating air is efficient to add a crispy touch to the food material loaded into it.
5. Kenstar Aster 1500-Watt Oxy Fryer (Cherry Red)
The Kenstar Aster Oxy fryer from the top brand Kenstar comes with wattage of 1500 and a capacity of 3-Liters. This air fryer could be used to fry, grill, bake, and roast the food materials loaded into it. One of the notable things about this air fryer is that it comes with LED indicators and a hidden handle that could be pulled out when required and pushed back in when not in use. The product also offers options to control temperature and cooking time.
If you are a person who does not own an air fryer, then it is time that you consider buying one. Air fryers are one of the most important kitchen appliances that you should own today to keep yourselves healthy. Consider the list of products mentioned above and the factors above them.